Attila Melegh - Curriculum Vitae#


  • 2023, September defence of DSc, Demography and Sociology. Thesis. The Migration Turn and Eastern Europe. Global historical sociological analysis (maximum 40 points), Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2021, April Habilitation, Doctoral School of Communication and Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • 2002 PhD. in History, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Ph.D. Dissertation: The population history of Kiskunhalas from the end of the 17th to the beginning of the 20th century (summa cum laude, 8 June 2002: No. 8/2002.PhD).
  • 2002 PhD. scholarship: The Demography of Central and Eastern Europe and Analysis of Population Changes and Differences. Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • 1986 - 1987 Visiting Graduate, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Master of Sociology and Economics, Budapest University of Economics. Thesis: Urban households in early 19th century Hungary
  • 1977 - 1981 Graduation (1981), Nagy Lajos High School, Pécs

  • 2019 March Visiting Fellow: Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany
  • 2018 Board Member of the Center for Social Sciences, Tbilisi Georgia
  • 2017 June University Medal, Corvinus University Budapest
  • 2017 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Stanovništvo, Beograd
  • 2017 April Fellow at the South East Europe Institute, Regensburg, Germany
  • 2017 January-February Fellow at Center For Advanced Studies in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2012 - 2013 Senior Fellow: CEU Institute of Advanced Studies,
  • 2004 Fulbright Instructor, Center for Central and East European Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
  • 2002 - 2003 Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest.
  • March 2002 EUSSIRF Research scholarship to the British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • 1999 - 2001 Research Support Scheme Scholarship, Soros Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1996 - 1997 Fulbright Instructor, Department of History, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
  • 1993 Graduate Scholarship at Cambridge University, United Kingdom


1. Workpackage leader: Transforming Anxieties of Ageing in Southeastern Europe. Political, Social, and Cultural Narratives of Demographic Change. Volkswagen Stiftung. 2023-2026 92.000 EUR

2. Hungarian and Austrian National Research Councils. Role: Researcher: Title: Well-being and Migration: The Hungary-Austria Migration Nexus (MIGWELL). OTKA, 2021-2024: 41 698 000 HUF

3. European Commission Horizon 2020- ; Role: Researcher: Title: Mediatized EU Mediatized Discourses on Europeanization and Their Representations in Public Perceptions, H2020 , 2020-2024: Total: 2,9 million EUR (Hu: 400 thousand EUR)

4. European Commission Horizon 2020 Role: Researcher: Title: Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS) H2020. Migration section led by Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna 2016-2018, Hungarian research budget: 10 thousand EUR

5. European Commission: Structural Funds; Role: Project Leader: Title: Migration and labour market in South Eastern Europe., SEEMIG., South East Europe structural fund program, 2012-14: 3 million 300 thousand EUR, 18 partners

6. European Integration Fund, Hungary, EIA/2007/3.2.3.; Role: Project Leader:. Title: The Reform of the Statistical System on Migrants from Third Countries. EIA policy, 2009: 50 thousand EUR

7. European Integration Fund, Hungary; Role: Researcher: Title: Citizens' Consultation on the integration of immigrants EIA/2007/, 2009: 22 million HUF

8. European Commission, FP/6; Role: Working Group Leader: Title: Needs for female immigrants and their integration into ageing societies. Comparison of 9 EU countries FP6-2004-SSP-4, 2004-2006: 1 million 69 thousand EUR

9.USAID; Role: Project Leader: Title: Globalization, ethnicity, and labor migration: USAID, Siberian Center for Applied Research in Economics, Russia, Demographic Research Institute, Hungary and Center for Ethnic Relations and Nationalism at Helsinki University, Finland, 2003-2004: 85 thousand USD

10. NKFP: Role: Researcher; Title: Globalisation and migration. Causes and consequences of immigration in Hungary NKFP-5/0084/2002. 2002-2004: 30 thousand USD

11. Research Support Scheme, Soros Foundation, Prague; Individual project entitled: East versus West. Identities, intellectual strategies and popular images. 1999-2001: 13.1 thousand USD

12. National Fund for Scientific Research; Individual research: life histories of agricultural population 1999-2001: 1.4 million HUF

13. Active Society Foundation; Individual research: life histories and demography

1996-97: 150 thousand HUF

14. National Fund for Scientific Research; Individual research: title: perpetuation in Hungary in the 18th and 19th centuries. 1995-97: 370 thousand HUF.

15. National Scientific Research Fund together with Kovács Eva: Title: Premodern elements in modern social sciences 1995-96: 300 thousand HUF


Published more than 150 articles, 4 books and 10 edited volumes

All Since 2019
Citations 1212 534
h-index 18 12
i10-index 28 14

Number of Q1/Q2 notifications: 8
Sole/first author for Q1/Q2 articles: 6 cases


Various classes in sociology from 1988 at Corvinus University and abroad (including Georgia, Russia and the United States of America)


Establishment of the Karl Polányi Centre for Global Studies and the organization and management of its multifarious activities between 2014 and 2022.

The institute, which uses English as its principal working language, now brings together 240 senior researchers (many of them world-renowned) together with a large number of young researchers, including doctoral candidates from some 35 countries). Projects and other forms of cooperation have involved cooperation between countries, disciplines (anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.) and generations. By adopting a global perspective and using innovative approaches, the Centre has established itself as a distinctive intellectual brand, the prestige of which continues to grow. The Centre emphasizes global perspectives, historical comparison, and interdisciplinary research. It is especially concerned to address persistent inequalities and conflicts, and to critique and transcend Eurocentrism and all other forms of essentialism in the social sciences and humanities.

  • 2024 (Spring): Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  • 2012 (and recurrently): Visiting Professor, Tbilisi State University, Department of Geography
  • 2012 May: Population and Migration Discourses In: (Re)vision of traditional approaches to social policy research , Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies with the support of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, HESP ReSET and HSE Moscow Region, Russia 15.05.2012-24.05.2012
  • 2007 - 2010 Global versus local inequality in the era of globalization. Demography and Inequality In: "Rediscovering Social Inequality and Exclusion After the Collapse of State Socialism: Regional Contexts" Core faculty, Russia, St. Petersburg, Moscow. Sevastopol, Ukraine
  • 2005 - 2007 Culture and Power, Critical Sociology Network Caucasus Teaching and Research Initiative" Tbilisi (Georgia).
  • 2003 - 2006 Regional Seminar for Excellence in Migration studies:Theory, Methodology and Migration Policy (HESP, UN); Smolensk Humanitarian University Summer School (Russia): Discrimination and Migration (Summer 2005); Globalization and the political economy of migration (Summer, 2004); East/West Exclusions. Discourses and Narratives on Population and Migration (Summer, 2003) *2002 - 2003 Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest

  • 2019 Editorial Board member PanAfrican Journal of Governance and Development (PJGD), Jimma University
  • 2017 editorial board member Stanovništvo, Beograd
  • 2014 Member of the Editorial Board of the Corvinus Journal of Sociology
  • 2014 Editor, Eszmélet magazine
  • 2004 Editor of the annual English issue of the Hungarian journal Demography

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